Bachelor of Community and Social Development

Approved Abbreviation: BCty&SocDevt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1689.4

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2013 to 2014 - 1689.3 Bachelor of Community and Social Development

Commencement Year 2012 - 1689.2 Bachelor of Community and Social Development

Commencement Year 2011 - 1689.1 Bachelor of Community and Social Development

The Bachelor of Community and Social Development is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who wish to contribute to building sustainable capacity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Graduates from the degree will be skilled to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities in a range of settings and capacities and to contribute to the leadership and sustainability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In particular the degree provides three different strands of skills and knowledge: skills in working directly with families in providing welfare advocacy; skills and knowledge in community development; and skills and knowledge in community leadership and sustainability.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

On successful completion of this course graduates will be eligible for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).


1. HSC General English and/or Badanami alternative entry test for literacy; and

2. UAC application

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence

Year 1

1H session

101763Understanding Society (Block Mode)
101771Introduction to Working with Individuals, Families and Communities (Block Mode)
102052University Study and Communication Skills 1 (Block Mode)
102306Contextualising Community Development Within Indigenous Australia

2H session

101764The Individual in Society (Block Mode)
102053University Study and Communication Skills 2 (Block Mode)
102307Growing the Indigenous Economy
102308Personal Identities in Professional Practice

Year 2

1H session

101765Welfare Field Education 1 (Block Mode)
101766Culture, Identity, Difference (Block Mode)
101774Community Work and Community Development (Block Mode)
101776Working with Individuals and Families (Block Mode)

2H session

101772Human Rights, Human Services and the Law (Block Mode)
101773Mental Health in the Community (Block Mode)
101775Management and Community Organisations (Block Mode)
101767Social Research Methods (Block Mode)

Year 3

1H session

101768Child Abuse as a Social Issue (Block Mode)
101769Welfare Field Education 2 (Block Mode)
101778Families and Sustainable Communities (Block Mode)
102411Understanding needs within Indigenous Australian Communities

Note: From 2016 unit 102411 - Understanding needs within Indigenous Australian Communities replaces 102309 - Understanding Indigenous Australian Community Service.

2H session

101777Theory and Critique of Welfare Practice (Block Mode)
102310Applied Indigenous Research Project
101769Welfare Field Education 2 (Block Mode)
101779Leadership, Alliances, Sustainability (Block Mode)

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